tv 2016 State of the Union Address CSPAN January 12, 2016 9:00pm-11:01pm EST
[gavel] >> members of congress, i have the high pressure -- privilege and the distinct honor of representing to you, the president of the united states. [applause] president obama: thank you. thank you very much. have a seat. thank you. mr. viceer, president, members of congress, my fellow americans, tonight
marks the eight year -- eight year i have come to report on the state of the union. one, i am going to try to make it shorter. [laughter] [applause] i know some of you have to get back to iowa. [applause] i have been there. i will be shaking hands afterwards, if you want tips. [laughter] understand that because it is an election season, expectations for what we will achieve this year are low. mr. speaker, i appreciate the constructive approach that you and other leaders took at the end of last year to pass a budget, and make tax cuts permanent for working families.
i hope that we can work together this year on some bipartisan priorities, like terminal justice reform. [applause] and helping people who are battling prescription drug abuse, and heroine abuse. [applause] -- we might surprise them again. but tonight, i want to go easy on the traditional list of proposals to the your head -- for the year ahead. plenty, from have helping students write computer code, and i will keep pushing for progress on the work that i believe still needs to be done. fixing a broken immigration system. [applause] protecting our kids from gun violence. [applause] equal pay for equal work. paid leave.
raising the minimum wage. [applause] things, all of these things still matter to hard-working families. they are the still -- they are still the right thing to do. i will not let up until they get done. for my final address to this chamber, i don't want to just talk about next year. i want to focus on the next five years. the next 10 years, and beyond. i want to focus on our future. we live in a time of extraordinary change. change that is reshaping the way we live, the way we work, our planet, our place in the world. and promisedd amazing medical breakthroughs, but also economic destruction
that has strained working families. it promises education for girls in the most remote villages, but also connects terror plotting an ocean away. it has -- it is change that can broaden opportunity, or widen inequality. whether we like it or not, the pace of this change will only accelerate. america has been through big changes before. wars and depressions. the influx of new immigrants. workers fighting for a fair deal. movement to expand civil rights. time there have been those that tells us to fear the future -- told us to fear the future. who claimed we could slam the brakes on change. who promised glory if we could just get a group or idea that
was threatening under control. each time we overcame those fears. we did not, and the words of lincoln, adhere to the dogmas of the quiet past. instead we fought a new. and acted a new. we may change work for us. always extending america's promise outward, to the next frontier, to more people. , because wewe did saw opportunity where others saw carol -- peril. we emerged stronger and better than before. what was true then, can be true now. unique strength as a nation, our optimism, and work ethic,
our spirit of discovery, our diversity, our commitment to rule of law, these things give us everything we need to ensure prosperity and security for generations to come. spirit it is in that that we have made progress these past seven years. recover from the worst economic crisis in generations. [applause] reformed oure health care system, and reinvented our energy sector. [applause] that is how -- that is how we more care and benefits
to our troops coming home, and veterans. [applause] -- that is how we secured the freedom in every state to marry the person we love. [applause] but, but such progress is not inevitable. it is the result of choices we make, together. and we face such choices right now. will we respond to the changes , turningme with fear
inward as a nation? turning against each other as a people? or will we face the future with confidence in who we are, and what we stand for, in the incredible things we can do together. let's talk about the future. big questions that i believe we as a country have to answer, regardless of who the next president is, or who controls the next congress. first, how do we give everyone a fair shot at opportunity and security in this new economy. [applause] second how do we make technology work for us, not against us, especially when it comes to
solving challenges like climate change? [applause] , how do we keep america safe and lead the world without becoming its police? [applause] and finally, how can we make our politics reflect what is best in worst? not what is [applause] let me start with the economy, and a basic fact. the united states of america, right now has the strongest, most durable economy in the world. [applause] we are in the middle of the longest streak of private sector job creation in history.
[applause] more than 14 million new jobs, the strongest two years of job growth since the 1990's, and unemployment rate cut in half. our auto industry just had its best year ever. [applause] that is just part of a manufacturing search that has created nearly 900,000 new jobs in the past six years. we have done all of this while cutting the deficit by almost three quarters. [applause] anyone claiming that america's economy is in decline is
peddling such an -- fiction. [applause] , and the reason that a lot of americans feel anxious is that the economy has been changing in profound ways. changes that started long before the great recession hit. changes that have not let up. just technology does not replace jobs on a subway lines, but -- assembly lines, but any job where work can be automated. companies in the global economy can locate anywhere. they face tougher competition. as a result, workers have less leverage for a raise. companies have less loyalty to their communities, and more, and more wealth and income is concentrated at the very top.
all of these trends have squeeze workers. even when they have jobs, even , it the economy is growing has made it harder for a hard-working family to pull itself out of poverty. harder for young people to start their careers. tougher for workers to retire when they want to. and although none of these trends are unique to america, they do offend our uniquely american belief that everyone who works hard should get a fair shot. for the past seven years our goal has been a growing economy that also works better for everybody. we made progress. we need to make more. despite all of the political arguments we have had these past few years, there are some areas
where americans broadly agree. we agree that real opportunity requires every american to get the education and training they need to land a good paying job. bipartisan reform of no was an important start. together we have increased early childhood education, lifted high school graduation rates to new highs. boost graduates and feels like energy -- engineering. in the coming years, we should build on that progress, by providing pre-k for all. [applause] -- offering every student [applause] offering every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job ready on day one. we should recruit and support more great teachers for our kids. [applause]
and -- and we have to make college affordable for every american. [applause] no hard-working student should be stuck. we have already reduced student loan payments by up to 10% of a borrower's income. that is good, but now we have to cut the cost of college. [applause] years of community college at no cost for every responsible student is one of the best ways to do that. i'm going to keep fighting to get that started this year. it is the right thing to do. [applause]
but a great education is not all , weeed in this new economy also need benefits and protections that provide a basic measure of security. it is not too much of a stretch to say that some of the only people in america who are going to work the same job in the same place, with the help and retirement package for 30 years are sitting in this chamber. [laughter] , especially else folks in their 40's and 50's, saving for retirement or bouncing back from job loss has gotten a lot tougher. americans understand that at some point in their careers, in this new economy, he may have to retool, retrain, but they should not lose what they have already worked so hard to build in the process.
that is why social security and medicare are more than ever. we should not weaken them, we should strengthen them. [applause] and for americans short of , basic benefits should be just as mobile as everything else is today. the by the way is what affordable care act is all about. it is about filling the gaps in employer-based care, so that when you lose a job, or you go back to school, or you strike out and launch the new business you will still have coverage. nearly 18 million people have gained coverage so far. in the process -- [applause] process health care
ouration is slower, and businesses have created jobs everything on month since it became law. now i am guessing we will not agree on health care anytime soon. [applause] applause.ittle just a guess. wayshere should be other parties can work together to improve economic security. say a hard-working american loses his job. we should not make sure he can get unemployment insurance. we should make sure that program encourages him to retrain for a business is ready to hire him. if the new job does not pay as much, there should be a system of wage insurance in place, so he can still pay his bills.
even if he is going from job to job, he should still be able to save for retirement, and take his savings with him. that is the way we make the new economy work better for everybody. about --on has talked i also know that speaker ryan has talked about his interest on attacking poverty. i would welcome a serious discussion about strategies we can all support, like expanding tax cuts for low income workers who do not have children. [applause] but there are some areas where we just have to be honest, it has been difficult to find agreement over the last seven years. a lot of them fall under the category of what role the government should play in making sure the system is not rigged in favor of the wealthiest and
biggest corporations. [applause] -- it is an honest disagreement. the american people have a choice to make. i believe a thriving rabbit sector is the lifeblood of our economy. a thriving private sector is the lifeblood of our economy. there is red tape it needs to be cut. [applause] [cheering] after years now of record corporate profits, working families won't get more opportunity, or bigger paychecks just by letting big banks or big oil, or hedge funds make their
own rules that everybody else's expense. [applause] -- middle class families are not going to feel more secure because we allow attacks on collective bargaining to go unanswered. food stamp recipients did not cause the financial crisis. recklessness on wall street did. [applause] immigrants are not the principal reason wages have not gone up. those decisions were made in the boardrooms that all too often put quarterly earnings over long-term returns. it is sure not the average family watching tonight that avoids thing taxes through offshore accounts. [applause] the point is, i believe that in this new economy workers in
startups, and small businesses, need more of a voice, not less. the rules should work for them. [applause] and i am not alone in this. this year i plan to lift up the many businesses who figured out that doing right by their workers, or their customers, or their communities, ends up being good for their shareholders. [applause] i want to spread those best practices across america. that is part of a brighter future. [applause] in fact it turns out many of our best corporate citizens are also the most creative. this brings me to the second biggest question we as a country have to answer. how do we reignite that spirit of innovation to meet our biggest challenges? when the russians
beat us into space, we did not deny sputnik was up there. [laughter] we did not argue about the science or shrink our research and develop an budget. we build a space program almost overnight, and 12 years later we were walking on the moon. [applause] that spirit of discovery is in our dna. is thomas edison, and the wright brothers, and george washington carver. america is catherine johnson and sally ride and grays harbor. -- grace harper.
america is racing to shape a better future. that is who we are. over the past seven years, we have nurtured that spirit. we protected and open internet, and taken bold new steps to get new students and low income americans online. we have launched next generation manufacturing hubs, and online tools that give an entrepreneur everything he or she needs to start a business and a signal day -- in a single day. we can do so much more. last year vice president biden said that with a new moonshot america can cure cancer. last month he worked with this congress to give scientist at the national institute of health the strongest resources that they have had in over a decade. [applause] well,
[applause] so tonight i am announcing a new national effort to get it done, and because he has gone to the i am puttingf us, joe in charge of mission control. for the love once we have all lost. ones we have all lost. let's make america the country that cures cancer once and for all. [applause] medical research is critical.
we need the same level of commitment when it comes to developing clean energy sources. [applause] look, if anybody still wants to dispute the science around climate change, have at it. you will be pretty lonely, because he will be debating our isitary, most of america's this leaders, the majority of the entire scientific community, and 200 nations around the world who agree it is a problem, and intend to solve it. [applause] but even if -- even if the planet was not at stake, even if 2014 was not the warmest year on record, until 2015 turned out to be hotter. why would we want to pass up the chance for american businesses to produce and sell the energy
of the future? [applause] listen, seven years ago we made the single biggest investment in clean energy in our history. here are the results. ,n fields from iowa to texas wind power is now cheaper than dirtier conventional power. on rooftops from arizona to new york, solar is saving americans tens of millions of dollars a year on their energy bills, and employs more americans than coal, and jobs that pay better than average. we are taking steps to give homeowners the freedom to generate and store their own energy, something by the way that environmentalists and tea partiers have teamed up to support. meanwhile, we have cut our imports of foreign oil by nearly
60%, and cut carbon pollution more than any other country on earth. [applause] gas under two dollars a gallon is not bad either. [laughter] thewe have to accelerate transition away from old, dirtier energy sources. rather than subsidize the past, we should invest in the future. especially in communities that rely on fossil fuels. when we do notr show them where the trends are going. that is why i am going to push to change the way we manage our oil and coal resources. so they better reflect the cost
they impose on taxpayers, and the planet. that way we put money back into those communities, and put tens of thousands of americans to work, building a 20th best way for century transportation system -- building a 21st-century transportation system. [applause] none of this is going to happen overnight. and yes, there are plenty of entrenched interest who want to protect the status quo. but the jobs we will create, the money we will save, the planet we will preserve, that is the kind of future our kids and grandkids deserve. it is within our grasp. climate change is just one of many issues where our security is linked to the rest of the world. that is why the third the question that we have to answer together is how to keep america
eitherd strong without or -- everyrselves time there is a problem. as i mentioned, political hot air, so is the rhetoric you hear about our enemies getting stronger and america getting weaker. let me tell you something, the united states of america is the most powerful nation on her -- her. earth. period. it is not even close. [applause] it is not even close. [applause] it is not even close. militarymore on our than the next eight nations combined.
our troops are the finest fighting force in the history of the world. [applause] no nation attacks us directly, or our allies because they know that is the path to ruin. surveys show are standing around the world is higher than when i was elected to this office. when it comes to every important international issue people of the world do not look to beijing or moscow to lead, they call us. [applause] when we don't we don't
make good decisions. as someone who begins every day with an intelligence briefing, i know that this is a dangerous time, but that is not primarily because of some looming superpower out there, and it is not because of diminished american strength. in today's world, we are threatened less bite evil empires, and more by failing states. the middle east is going through a transformation that will play out for a generation. rooted in conflict that dates back millennium. economic headwinds are blowing in from a chinese economy that is insignificant transition -- in significant transition. even as their economies severely
contracts, russia is pouring resources in to prop up ukraine , clients they saw slipping away from their orbit. the international we built after world war ii is now struggling to keep pace with this new reality. , the unitedus states of america to help remake that system, and to do that well, it means that we have got to set priorities. priority number one is protecting the american people, and going after terrorists networks. [applause] both al qaeda, and now isil
pose a direct threat to our people, because in today's world, even a handful of terrorists who place no value on human life can do a lot of damage. the internet is poisoning the minds of individuals inside our country. their actions undermine and destabilize our allies. we have to take them out. but as we focus on destroying isis, over-the-top claims that this is world war iii just play into their hands. masses of fighters on the back of pickup trucks, twisted souls plotting in apartments or garages, they pose an enormous danger to civilians. they have to be stopped. they do not threaten our national existence. [applause] wants tohe story isil
tell. that is the kind of propaganda to use to recruit. we don't need to build them up to show that we are serious. and we sure don't need to push away vital allies in this fight by echoing the line that isil is somehow representative of one of the world largest religions. [applause] we just need to call them what they are. who have tofanatics be rooted out, hunted down, and destroyed. [applause] and that is exactly what we are doing. for more than a year america has
led a coalition of more than 60 'suntries to cut off isil financing, district or plots, stop the flow of terrorist fighters, and stamp out their vicious ideology. with nearly 10,000 airstrikes, we are taking out their leadership, their oil, there training camps, their weapons. we are training army and supporting forces who are steadily claiming territory in iraq and syria. if this congress is serious about winning this war, and wants to send a message to the troops in the world, authorize the use of military force against isil. take a vote. [applause] taken vote. -- take a vote. [applause] let the american -- but the american people should know that with or without congressional
learn the samel lessons the terrorist before them -- if you doubt america's commitment, or mine, to see that justice is done, just ask osama bin laden. [applause] the leader of al qaeda in yemen, who was taken out last year. or the perpetrator of the benghazi attacks who sits in a prison cell. when you come after americans, we go after you. it may take time, but we have long memories, and our reach has no limits. [applause] our foreign policy has to be focused on the threat from isil and al qaeda, but it cannot stop
there. evenven without isil, without al qaeda, instability will continue for decades in many parts of the world. and the middle east, and afghanistan and parts of and parts of central america, and africa, and asia, some of these laces may become safe havens for new terrorist networks. others will fall back to them -- fall victim to ethnic conflict or famine, feeding the next wave of refugees. the world will look to us to help solve these problems. our answer needs to be more than tough talk, or calls to carpet bomb civilians. that may work as a tv soundbite, but it does not pass muster on the world stage.
also cannot try to take over and rebuild every country that falls into crisis. even if it is done with the best of intentions. that is not leadership. that is a recipe for a quagmire. spilling american blood and treasure that ultimately will weaken us. it is the lesson of vietnam. it is the lesson of iraq, and we should have learned by now. [applause] fortunately there is a smarter approach. a patient and disciplined strategy that uses every element of our national power. it says america will always act alone if necessary to protect our people and our allies. concernssues of global
we will mobilize the world to work with us, and make sure other countries pull their own weight. that is our approach to conflict like syria, where we are partnering with local forces and leading international efforts to help that broken society pursue a lasting peace. that is why we built a global coalition with sanctions and principal pharmacy to prevent a , as we speak,iran iran has rolled back their nuclear program, shipped out there uranium stockpile, and the world avoided another war. [applause] that is how -- that is how we stop the spread of the of bola -- ebola in west africa. [applause] our military. our doctors. our development workers.
they were heroic. they set up a platform that then allowed other countries to join in behind us and stamp out that epidemic. hundreds of thousands, maybe a couple million lives were saved. that is how we forged a transpacific partnership to open markets, and protect workers, and advance american leadership in asia. products8,000 taxes on made in america, which will then support more good jobs secure here in america. , china does not set the rules in that region, we do. you want to show our strength, approve this agreement. give us the tools to enforce it. it is the right thing to do. [applause] let me give you another example, 50 years of isolating cuba had
failed to promote democracy. it set us back in latin america. that is why we restored to format it relations -- restored diplomatic relations. positioned ourselves to improve the lives of the cuban people. [applause] so if you want to consolidate our leadership and credibility in the hemisphere recognize that the cold war is over. lift the embargo. [applause] the point is american leaders in the 21st century is not a choice between ignoring the rest of the world, except when we kill terrorist, or occupying and rebuilding whatever society is unraveling. leadership means a wise application of military power,
and rallying the world behind causes that are right. it means seeing our foreign assistance as a part of our national security, not something separate, not charity. when we lead nearly 200 nations with the most ambitious agreement in history to fight climate change, yes, it helps vulnerable countries, but also help their kids. when we helped ukraine defend their democracy, or columbia resolve a decade long war, that strengthens the international order we depend on. when we help african countries feed their people, and care for the sick. [applause] it is the right thing to do. the nextevents pandemic from reaching our shows -- shores. right now we are on track to end the scourge of hiv, aids. we have the chance to accomplish the same thing with malaria.
something i will be pushing to congress this year. [applause] that is american strength. that is american leadership. leadershipnd of depends on the power of our example. that is why i will keep working to shut down the prison at guantanamo. it is expensive. it is unnecessary. it only serves as a recruitment brochure for our enemies. there is a better way. [applause] and that is why we need to reject any politics, any politics that targets people because of race or religion. [applause] this --ust say
[applause] this is not a matter of political correctness. this is a matter of understanding just what it is that makes a strong -- a strong. us strong. world respects us, not just for our arsenal, it respects us for and openness, and the way that we respect everything. francis, frompe the very spot i am standing theght, that to imitate violence of murderers, is the best way to take their place. insult muslims,
whether abroad or our fellow citizens, when a mosque is vandalized, or a kit is called is called names, that does not make us safer. that is not telling it like it is. it is just wrong. it diminishes us in the eyes of the world. [applause] it makes it harder to achieve our goals. it betrays who we are as a country. [applause] ,e do people -- we the people
our constitution begins with those three some words. words we have come to mecca -- recognize mean all the people, not just some. words that insist we rise and fall together. that is how we might perfect our union. me to the fourth and maybe most important thing i want to say tonight. , all of uswe want went -- want. opportunity and security for our families. a rising standard of living. a sustainable, peaceful planet for our kids. all of that is within our reach. but it will only happen if we work together. happen if we can have rational constructive debates.
it will only happen if we fix our politics. politics does not mean we have to agree on everything. it is a big country. different regions, different attitudes, different interests. that is a strength too. differentiated power between state and government, and expected us to argue, just as they did, fiercely. over the size and shape of government. over commerce and foreign relations. ofr the meeting -- meaning liberty, and the imperatives of security. but democracy does require basic bonds of trust between its citizens. [applause] it doesn't work -- if we think the people who disagree with us are all motivated by malice.
it doesn't work if we think that our political opponents are unpatriotic. or trying to weaken america. haltracy grinds to a without a willingness to compromise. or when even basic facts are contested, or when we listen only to those who agree with us, our public life withers when only the most extreme voices get all of the attention. most of all democracy breaks down when the average person feels their voice does not matter. the system is rigged, in favor of the rich, or the powerful, or some interest -- special interest. to many americans feel that way many americanso feel that way right now. it is one of a few regrets of
mine, that the position in the party has gotten worse, instead of better. i have no doubt that a president with the guest of lincoln or roosevelt might have better rich the divide -- bridged the divide. i guarantee i will try to do better, as long as i hold this office. my fellow americans, this cannot be my task, or any president alone. inre are whole lot of folks this chamber, good people, who would like to see more operation -- cooperation. who would like to see a more elevated debate in washington, but feel trapped by the imperatives of getting elected. by the noise coming out of your base. i know, you have told me. the worst kept secret in washington. a lot of you are not enjoying being
three the change of president. change the system to reflect our better selves. we have to and the practice of drawing are congressional districts so the members of congress can get reelected. [applause] [applause] i believe we have to reduce the influence of money in our politics. [applause] [applause]
if our approach to campaign finance reform can't pass muster in the courts, we will find a solution. most of you don't like raising money. i know. i have done it. have got a make it easier to vote not harder. [applause] you are making easier for people to participate. over the course of this year i butnd to travel the country i do these things on my own.
processare applicable and to not just who gets elected at how they get elected. that will only happen when the american people demand it. it depends on you. meant by at is government of, by, and for the people. what i am suggesting is hard. it is a lot easier to be cynical. to accept the change is not possible. the problem is folks who are elected don't care. voices andthat our her actions don't matter. if we give up now we forsake a
better future. those with money and power will gain greater control. or allow another economic disaster. roll back the rights and voting rights the generations of americans have fought for. grows, there will be a voices urging us to fall back into our respective tribes. citizens whofellow don't look like us to pray like us. we can't afford to go down that road. it won't deliver the economy we want. it won't produce the security we want. thatntradicts everything
we need every american to stay active in our public life, not just at election time. so that it reflects the goodness and decency that i see in the american people every single day. it is not easy. our brand of democracy is hard. promise a little over a year from now when i know longer hold this office i will be right there with you as a citizen. inspired by those voices of fairness. that helped america travel so far. not foremost as black or white or latino.
as americans first. bound by a common creed. believed haveg the final word. voices of unarmed truth and unconditional love. they don't get a lot of attention. they don't seek a lot of fanfare. i see them everywhere i travel in this incredible country of ours. i see you the american people. in your daily acts of citizenship i see our future unfolding. i see it in the worker on the assembly line. the boss who pays and higher
wages instead of laying him off. i see it in the dreamer who stays up late at night to finish her science project. and the teacher who comes in early. maybe with some extra supplies that she bought. she knows that that young girl might someday cure a disease. the american who served his time made that mistakes as a child but now is dreaming of starting over. i see it in the business owner who gives them that second chance. protester determined to show the justice matters. the young cop walking the beat. treating everybody with respect. during the brave quiet work at keeping us safe. the soldier who gives almost everything to save his brothers.
the nurse who tends to him so he can run a marathon. the son who finds the courage to come out as who he is. and the father whose love for that son overrides everything. the elderly woman who wait in line to cast your vote is how and the citizen who casts his vote for the first time. volunteers at the polls who believe that each vote should count. how much that precious right is worth. that's the america i know. that is the country we love. undaunted by
challenge. that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. that is what makes me so hopeful about our future. i believe in change because i believe in you. the american people. that is why i stand here as confident as i have ever been that the state of our union is strong. thank you. god bless you. god bless the united states of america. [applause] [applause] [applause]
the motion is agreed to. the house stands adjourned until 9:00 tomorrow morning. >> the house of representatives gaveling out of session. the end of president obama's final state of the union address. his motorcade leaving the capitol grounds back to the white house. five minutes from now the gop response will begin. the governor of south carolina. nikki haley. reporter who set the stage for her selection.
in 1985 bill clinton as the nation's youngest governor was chosen to give the opposition response to president reagan's state of the union address. selected forpeople this in recent years had good fortune? it is sort of a mixed bag when you look at the response. in 2009 wassponse louisiana governor bobby jindal which was widely panned. mosul thought he didn't do very well. in 2011 paul ryan in the response about budget priorities and saving money and lowering the data in the deficit and the next year he was the vice presidential nominee and now he is the speaker of the house. in 2013 marco rubio gave the response, where he reached for his water bottle.
he is now one of the leading candidates for president. there is an opportunity for this to go wrong. but you have seen some of the people come through that and rise up through the ranks of the party. she started out in the south carolina legislature. she became governor in 2010. she represents a most exactly what the republican party has looked for in a response. young, she is a minority, she is a woman. indian-american. the first woman and first minority governor of south carolina. comer, who is an up and a rising star in the party. a chance to highlight the bench. people that might not be in prime time in front of most
americans. she represents that. she released from her office a few of the themes that she will be striking. traditional republican themes of opportunity and debt. she's a child of immigrants. we have had a big immigration debate going on in this country. arkin: she talks about opportunity. people who want to live by american values. a very strict rebuttal to donald trump and some of the policies he has been talking about. she doesn't mention him by name. not following the angriest voices in america in times of concern. a direct rebuttal to some of these immigration policies.
that speech is trying to push the republican party to open itself up little bit. stage for the gop response to the state of the union address. car was leaving. actually it is still there. untill watch that picture the state of the union response begins. hers is not the only reaction to the president. we checked twitter. hillary clinton said seven years of progress and we need to build on it not go backwards. donald trump called the speech really boring, slow, lethargic, very hard to watch.
haley: i am the governor of the great state of south carolina. our like america as a whole state has a rich and complicated history. one that proves the idea that each day can be better than last. in just a minute i will talk about the vision of a brighter american future. i want to say a few words about president obama who just gave his final state of the union address. election broke historic barriers and inspired millions of americans. he first ran for office president obama spoke eloquently about grand things. he is at his best when he does this. unfortunately the president's record has often fallen short of his words. as he enters his final year in office, any americans are still feeling the squeeze of an
economy too weak to raise income levels. we have a crushing national debt. a health care plan that has made insurance less affordable and doctors less available. even worse, we are facing the most gary interests terrorist threat our country has seen since september 11. this president appears unwilling or unable to deal with it. soon the obama presidency will end. america will have it chance to turn in a new direction. that direction is what i want to talk about tonight. at the outset i will say this. you have paid attention to what is been happening in washington and you are not naive, neither by. i see what you see. many of your frustrations are mine as well. government that has grown day after day year after year yet
doesn't serve us any better. the same endless conversations we hear over and over again. promises made and never cap. we need to be honest with each other. while democrats in washington bear much responsibility for the problems, they do not bear all of it. there more than enough blame to go around. we as republicans need to own that truth. oureed to recognize contributions to the erosion of the public trust in america's leadership. we need to accept we have played a role in how and why our government has broken. then we need to fix it. the foundation that has made america the last best hope of earth hasn't gone anywhere. it still exists. it is up to us to return to it. for me, that starts right where it always has.
i'm a proud daughter of indian immigrants. us every day how blessed we were to live in this country. my family didn't look like our neighbors and we didn't have much. there were times that were tough . but we had each other. we had the opportunity to do anything, the anything, as long as we were willing to work for it. is not that different from millions of other americans. immigrants have been coming to our shores for millions they wanted better for their children than what they had for themselves. that remains the dream of all of us. in this country we have seen time and again that that dream is achievable. today we live in a time of threats like few others in recent memory. during anxious times it can be tempting to follow the siren
call of the angriest voices. we must resist that temptation. no one was willing to work hard abide byour laws and our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country. at the same time. that does not mean we just flat out open our borders. we can't do that. permit immigrants to come here illegally. we must not let in refugees whose intentions cannot be determined. we must fix our broken immigration system. welcoming properly vetted immigrants regardless of their race or religion. doubt that if we act with the proper focus. to protect our borders our sovereignty and our citizens.
while remaining true to america's noblest legacies. south carolinar was dealt a tragic blow. on otherwise ordinary wednesday at the historic mother emanuel church insurance charleston 12 faithful men and women went to bible study. that night someone new joined them. in act likeke them them. they didn't throw him out. they didn't call the police. and prayedp a chair with him for an hour. we lost nine incredible souls that night. what happened after the tragedy is worth pausing to think about. our state was struck with shock and pain and fear. allowr people would not hate to win.
we didn't have violence. we didn't have riots. we had hugs. we turned toward god. and to the values that have long made our country the freest and greatest in the world. we removed a symbol that was being used to divide us. strength to stop a domestic terrorist. and the hate that killed in. there is a lesson in this. in many parts of society today. there is a tendency to falsely equate noise with results. some people think that you have to be the loudest voice in the room to make a difference. that is just not true. often the best thing we can do is turn down the volume. when the sound is quieter we can hear what some of the else is saying. that can make a world of difference.
that doesn't mean we won't have strong disagreements. as we usher in this new era. republicans will stand up for our beliefs. house,eld the white taxes would be lower. and we would put the brakes on runaway spending and debt. we would encourage american innovation and success. good jobs would be available across our country. education so it works best not for washington bureaucrats and union bosses. we would end a disastrous health and actually let you keep your doctor. we respect differences in modern families. respect.insist on
we would recognize the importance of the separation of powers and honor the constitution in its entirety. includes the second and 10th amendments. international agreements that are celebrated in israel and protested in iran not the other way around. we would actually strengthen our military. so both our friends and our enemies would know that america seeks peace. we have been tested in the past we've always risen to the challenge. strengths and dedicate ourselves to doing whatever it takes. thank you, night, god bless.
>> south carolina governor and nikki haley doing the official gop response to the final state of the union address. we have about 30 minutes for your reaction. lines will be open. lines are divided by party affiliation. please use those numbers, will have them on the bottom of the screen. you can also send a tweet, send sotu at c-span and then
for state of the union. and on our facebook page, we can put those in, too. our sister network, we're in statuary hall listening to comments from members of congress. statuarywe told you hall was filled with reporters from local stations and national outlets. look at that scene in there tonight. members are making their way into statuary hall to give a in hopeso local media of getting some play. that is part of state of the union night. of those liveme on c-span two. ofis fun to see what some you have to say. c-span has worked to look at what the major words weren't used most prominently and this president's address and is focused on our facebook page.
american, america, americans. people, world, country, better, and security. some of the words used tonight in the president's address. let us listen to our first call of the evening from william and dallas, texas. guest: how are you doing? host: what to do think of the president's speech. -- color: i did not like it very much. -- i like obama because he is black. i like to see progress. not just in congress, but everywhere. i think people should represent themselves as -- a a lot of them think of progress but as well,
we're still a work in progress. and obama, to me, has not done anything to help democrats. up the black american negro in terms of the international moving forward and coming out is a nice load of brand of how we really feel about what we have done over a body of years and getting closer to integrate us stronger in the american way. traditional,ot of thank you for coming up. i did not hear anything -- i a convention and for that i was in charge, i am not into either one of them now but every convention you, we had them once a year. there is a new book on new video and audio for us to listen and
be happy about and that is what i think of a state of the union, it is supposed to be something where all these individual does and it is almost like an auto show our technology show. host: thank you, rosa. the president said before the speech he wanted to hit some high, optimistic things with a fusion. it seems from your comments you are not feeling like he did that. next is martin on the democrats line. color: i am an elementary school teacher, i think obama did hit on something optimistic, that was when he said a culture that during political season has taken shape. not only that, he agrees there is bickering between ted cruz and the isolation a of chris christie trying to talk out as. ofhink the slogans -- donald
trying to blow the sand out of the middle east. we're tired of this culture and you can hear it in the echoes. interesting those when he was talking about the worst kept secret of washington. the makeup. was deathly silent. seenost silent i have ever in any state of the union of obama's presidency. we have a son who is unconventional and it is one of the shortest date of the unions and his presidency. he is tired of in and he was trying to shape the 2016 hope.on but there's still this president as not going to, he was still going to do the best he can with the limited time he has so i do believe that it is optimistic. host:, do you have a candidate for 2016? the seasonis in
early, my children would be aching for me to tell, but i i amtell you this -- listening to marco rubio, i am listening to bernie sanders, and i am listening to hillary clinton and a little bit of land will here and there. noticed a lot of people about listening to the audio in the house chamber. the process works is there is a created for all of the networks to use. if you happen to click around the dial, you will see that cnn, abc, nbc, and c-span all have need a available to them. so the transferability same on all the networks but we let you listen to the presidential exited the he chamber. he wanted to get all of the alsoial house session, but that is c-span style because some of the most interesting interactions are the ones that are less scripted.
so if you enjoyed hearing some of his conversations with members of congress as he left the chamber. next up, a republican. caller: thank you. obama seemed tired. he was essentially just recycling every state of the union we heard before. different order, same points. i really did not see anything different or anything trying to end the political gridlock in washington, d.c. you know, with had this debate about racism and minimum wage going on for several years. about theebates economy. for someone involved in small business, i see more and more regulations come my way and set of regulations being lifted and helping the economy improve. i mean, he has stagnated our society. to do think of nikki
haley's response as a republican? caller: i think nikki haley's response was done very well. really thet she met same points that obama was hitting, just from our perspective. there were a few pounds i disagreed with but i think she set herself up to run for president if not in eight years, then in four years. host: thank you for your call. next up is an independent. caller: good evening, thank you for taking my call. host: we're listening. to: to me, i was excited watch it because of barack obama being our first black president that is just historic, his presidency and we just had to watch the last state of the union. i enjoyed it, really.
i enjoyed the four points and everything. anything,really hear a real focus on gun-control, really, like we assumed it would be, but i really enjoyed it and everything. i hope congress lets up because president obama needs help. a great just watching it, i felt so good about it. i hope -- i do not know if there was any democrat out there who was also inspired so much by president obama. it is probably going to be the same delusion. on tour, someone who goes says, obamaof 17 was the hope of the future while the gop was hope of the past. next is a call from mike who is watching us in wells, maine. republican.
caller: hello, thank you. you have to give credit where credit is due he is a good motivational speaker. he knows how to keep your attention ent is very good at that. know, he said in his speech that were recovered the economic crisis, but at the same time as he is saying that we head into the year with a pretty sizable loss know, he said in his speech in wall street, so i thought that was interesting. thing that i noticed was he very much under estimates the threat of isis. and, while doing it, he calls might not their will remain. but they are is the -- and not , so he really underestimates them.
i like the republican response. she talked a lot about the future after the election, i did not hear a lot about what the republicans would do during the last year of the obama white house. host: some amount and rights, very disappointed that president obama did not mention anything about our sailors captured by iran. while these speech was going on, there were reports that there have been successful conversations with iran and the he released tomorrow morning. next, william cap, florida. this an independent. caller: i love obama, you know. president.t black he made a change in the world, .e motivated one of the main things i heard him saying is fire. to it.gs a lot of energy
it is a good motivational speaker and he is also a human and so we need to take our part. just go forward. you know? of eight, you know? you don't need to be that much hate. they mentioned the word love, you know that love is a good word to. love inspires envy. thank you. up is a democrat from auburndale, florida. caller: i was wanting to talk faces that we the saw doing the speech, president obama passed speech. you do not even have to sometimes say a word that you can just look at faces and see total disrespect.
like the speaker of the house, paul ryan. he just sat there and he had this smirk on his face. i saw a lot people that was sitting, just watching with total hatred for this president. president obama has had a with a lothard time of disrespect and a lot to of sabotage. done a great job but while he has been in the white house with ultimately no help. he speaks well, he means well, he has a good heart and he is absolutely asking these people to help him. he is asking for them to actually work with him.
he has been doing this for the do notven years and i know why this country thinks that one man, just because they mention his is all of the time, that he is black. what did they think? that he is the magic dragon or something? he is no different from the rest of the president's that have been in there. he is a man asking for a position. pam. next call is from pam is watching us from maine. a republican. disappointed in the space. i really think he should have taken the teleprompter off target tonight. he should have spoken from his ,ard to ent used his nice vegetable soup language that he uses on us, we the people, and told us but he is going to do with our soldiers and iran. i do not have time to wait for
iran to make more decisions. you probably have those sailors on the island there while they are looking over our ships, our intelligence in there and everything. i think it is. she get everybody out if i ran the believes -- he should get everybody out of iran that belongs in america. preachers, everyone. all this vegetable soup all the time, nothing but the same old rhetoric. he should have started his campaign in chicago, the south side, with all of the violence. he wants to take the guns away but that is where he should have gone. he should have taken the road to chicago. he needs to close up the borders to check the the people of the united states. it is using too many executive orders. he is not using the constitution. as a harvard scholar. what happened? i remembered when he got
elected, we had hope and change coming. i was a we had elected somebody you sounded like they could do the job. he is so charismatic. all these words that come out of his mouth. host: thank you. really do. lots waiting to adopt. -- lots opening to talk. he then promised to keep the speech shorter. it comes in about average for his others pages. his longest one was the second one, but tonight's was the date minutes and 42 seconds which is in on par with several other speeches during his administration. int call is from peter tallahassee, florida. an independent. you're on the air. caller: interesting cause. like most of the unions, overall
i had a good feel to it. expected the second time. he came out there and i felt like he had his sleeves rolled up and he was telling it in his own words how it is. it is nice to see that. it is understandable. one thing i was disappointed in mentioned will just persecution and process essentially trying to calm down people who have strong anti-muslim rhetoric lately. there is a to the plan secular population that do not believe in god. and, as always, completely unrepresented and it was expected but a year in and year out to it is disheartening to encounter that type of attitude from someone who is supposed to be representing pretty massive values, which otherwise i thought he did a good job on hitting on the key points in a way that it did not seem he was trying to enforce a
partisanship. it seemed to genuine him saying, look, i hope and wish you were getting along. kind of felt like he was a little bit more human, more emotional and at least to me, that was probably something to be hearing. like i said, split opinions as my independent status suggests. to show you, shot the length of final state of the union addresses by dissidents and recent years. you can see how the 58 minutes and 42 seconds of barack obama's speech compares with the longest, president clinton's. next to is, i- was disappointed that obama did not touch on that universal background checks.
rock,s keith in round texas. you are on the air. short: i wanted to make a comment about one of these heeches where he says, mentions we are at a big manufacturing boom in the united states and around the world. i found that us doubting because showed in, the index his store all-time low. the baltic dry about how the ships that are being packed and across countries. how in the world can we be in a great manufacturing boom when the baltic dry index is at an all-time low? that is astounding to me. to me it is just more fluff. the people need to wake up and realize what is really happening. but that is just my opinion.
host: thank you for sharing it with the audience. the president is on the road to my. 2:00 central time he arrives in him how, in a basket where he will hold a living room discussion in a home there and then deliver remarks at the university. then he leaves for a baton baruch to talk about -- for baton baruch to talk about some of the ideas he spoke about in the state of the union address. in about seven minutes, we will continue to take your calls. then google re-narrowed the presidential speech in its entirety. also, republican response if you did not see elevated or you want to reports of it again, you have that opportunity. also, it is archived on c-span plus website. you can clip with and make cuts of any part of this page or of the republic of response and share it with your friends on your twitter feed. do using our player.
find us on c-span.org. this pitch is a prominently, click on it, the player will come up and it is easy to find what you want with a keyword search. next up is liz. caller: i think he did a wonderful job and obama does speak from the heart. another thing is, it does not matter who says that at the podium, everybody is going to criticize something the president did or did not do. obama did a great job in his seven years and he will continue for this last year of his presidency. host: thank you. if you want points from presidential hopefuls on the campaign trip. had caused the did, tonight's speech is less a state of the union and more a state of denial. tonight's speech was impotent. deep snow reminded us not to be afraid of change, but to wield
allo the lives of americans. and jeb bush, safer? isis on the rise. north korea testing nukes. syria in chaos. this president is living in a different world. next up, and independent. generally i was thinking, april optimistic speech. a couple of the lines of the funny. tohought it was a clear that just being done in an election year because i realize that every time there is a state of the union, the applause is very partisan in terms of who applauds for what he and that sort of thing, but this time it seemed particularly down the line. it did not seem like ryan was behind a single notion, even the notion of, you know, supporting
troops coming home. there is nothing that you can do to get ryan to at least even feign agreement. was ans obvious it election yet. the other thing, the republican response, it was kind of -- it was a little bit heartening to ae them at least acknowledge few things that were done right by a obama that seem to be kind of a rare thing. the other thing i wanted to sort rumph was the coverage at the end, you are mentioned before about being able to hear the comments of the president with the people as he was walking out. that really is a great thing and it does give a lot of insight as to the point of the process of the whole evening and you do not get than anywhere else.
you get nothing but kind of a muted scene and a bunch of talking heads. so it is great to here that, you can only get them on c-span said thank you. the color mentioned the commentary. let's listen in to president obama struck a sentimental chord as he was leaving the house chamber for the last time on the state of the union night. to an obama: let me look at this thing one last time. that is kind of cool. !ey, guys how are you doing? you doing good? careful! posts: deep president and his final moments at the house chamber this evening. ryan is a democrat and she is next on the air. caller: i was disappointed he did not speak more about the
tpp. i do not support the tpp. tryingt know why he is to push it through, it is very odd but there's quite a few republicans who are very supportive of this and then most democrats are not. it is just very odd. i thought he would speak more about it. i know bernie sanders does not like in and even republicans -- republican senator sessions said it was outside of the constitution of the united states, and it is 6000 pages long. try wading through that kind of thing. i do not understand why, you even,this is evening -- you know, why we are even considering something like this. an independent. caller: i am actually a right-leaning independent and
most of what i love about this is c-span's coverage of the pump and circumstance. the speech i do listen to, but i do like to question and answer sessions and before and after and the comments. it was just another typical-sounding speech from the president. . thought it was weak you know, he does have some emotion, he does pick with passion, in and i believe he believes but he says. i was really, really glad to hear nikki haley speak tonight. that --was nice to hear a mouthpiece for the republican party actually commented about recognizing the diverse city, the new diversity of american families. i am a gay man. and like i said, i am a right-leaning independent and senate was really nice to have that coming from a republican
mouthpiece, especially in this kind of a farm. but more than anything, i will do just enjoy c-span coverage. i was a convert many years ago after watching all of the other networks. this is a great thing, i really enjoy it. host: it is time for us to re-air the presidential speech followed by nikki haley possible republican response and later on we will have another session of pounds up for your comments from around the country. in the interim, you can continue to send tweets and follow the commentary on to tell. we'll have lots more of trinity tomorrow morning on washington journal to follow up on the presidential remarks and get reactions from such a candidates and the gop response. right now, the president's speech. [indiscernible conversation]